Greetings, no Latin post title this time you'll be glad to see, we're back to the Godawful puns instead. Did you expect better of me?
OK, the exciting stuff first. As you can see from the picture 'Resurgam' is finally finished. Not only that but from Monday 16th April to Friday 11th May you can see it for yourself in the flesh at St Andrew's Church, Royal Parade, Plymouth. Which of course is only fitting as it was there that the whole 'Resurgam' meme was born before it did the wartime equivalent of 'going viral.' It was a member of St Andrew's congregation who first suggested I exhibit 'Resurgam' in the church itself back in September when I started work on it at the British Art Show 7 live event in Plymouth Piazza. Everyone I've spoken to at St Andrew's has been extremely helpful and encouraging about this project and I'm delighted to have this opportunity.
The church is open to visitors Mon - Fri 9.15am - 4.00pm and Sat 9.15am - 12.00pm and there will (fingers crossed) be postcards of 'Resurgam' available from the church gift shop (proceeds will go to St Andrew's rather than my pocket). So please drop in and take a look, even if you don't like my work it's a beautiful building and the John Piper windows are absolutely stunning.
In other news, I may also have a solo exhibition slot coming up at a well known Devon arts centre. Of which, no doubt, more later (but I'm really excited about this one!).
And so to the 'decor' aspect of the post. Yes, I've been decorating, seemingly for weeks. You know how it is, you think (or in my case are told), 'It's about time we did something about that appalling artexed ceiling in the living room'. So you find a plasterer, you move all the furniture out of the room, he plasters the ceiling, it takes a week or so to dry, it's painted, the room's still empty, and you think (or are told), 'We could do the whole room.' So you do, and three weeks later you've finished (almost). Having in the meantime re-lined the entire room from floor to ceiling (some of it twice, did you know you can get insulated lining paper which then needs to be papered over again before you can paint?), given everything two coats of paint and built a fire surround. And by the way B&Q, if you're listening, your one coat satin paint for woodwork takes over two days to dry (including using a de-humidifier), not 16 hours, 'doesn't do exactly what it says on the tin.' Anyway, nearly there.
Work in progress and other stuff that happens.